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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Year at a Glance - Week 4

Here is our updated year at a glance based on what we've accomplished so far. Here is the link to the original Year at A Glance. We are behind in grammar, which if we do lessons 94-99 this week we'll be caught up and we are one week behind in science but I just moved science down a week because we have breathing room in that regard.

The music appreciation column has changed from the original Year at a Glance because I set it up wrong in order to reflect our actual lessons. We study one composer and composition for two weeks at a time, this is a better reflection of what we're doing. I'm not going to update the original Year at Glance because when I update it for my use, I save over the original file. Just a little sidenote.
I feel so organized and on top of things this year versus last. Of course last year was our first year homeschooling and I've learned so much in the meantime. I contribute a lot of that learning to the exposure of homeschoolers and participating within the online community. I have learned so much from our fellow online homeschoolers, from blogs to message boards- and I have a thankful heart for you! Prime example, I wasn't going to do a Year at a Glance, but I saw this on Jennefer's blog and I immediately saw the value in it. I know I've been linking to her a lot lately, but I love others who make me think!

It isn't enough to create a Year at a Glance or long-term goals, you have to update them and use the tools you take time to create. From reading others' journeys I know this is an area that gets neglected over time. Starting the year, everyone is full steam ahead but then 12 weeks into the year, something gets busy, behavior problems crop up, or something else and all those well-thought out plans go to the wayside.

Last year I struggled to find a system that worked for use. I tried using a homeschooling software product to map out our year and I ended up not liking it at all. The excel file is working fabulously for me so far. I look back on my last year self and I see that I was a mess just trying to figure out how to do what everyone else was doing. I've learned it's not so much what everyone else is doing, it is finding what works for you and your family.

I want to say one other thing before I end this post. I have found a new outlook about reading educational theory, philosophy books etc. like The Well-Trained Mind, Charlotte Mason, Teaching the Trivium, and the rest of them. I am teaching my children. My personality and theirs and what works for us is important. I will glean ideas from the books but overall the way we approach this journey needs to be tailored to *our* needs instead of trying to fit us into a WTM box. I was trapped in that "we're a XYZ homeschooler" category last year, but this year I'm embracing that we are "homeschoolers" and that saying that we use WTM or TOG is just a detail but it doesn't really define us. If workbooks fit us best, who cares if it doesn't fit within the educational philosophy of XYZ book?

God meets us where we are, granted if we listen, we'll change but he doesn't wait for us to be at a certain level to reach out to us. He's there with you all the time. Allow the journey with homeschooling be more about where you are instead of trying to fit someone else's ideals or fitting into the profile of being an XYZ homeschooler.



Dixie said...

I really enjoy your blog and have gleaned many ideas in regards to homeschooling. In looking at your updated schedule, I thought I would just leave you a note on what I do when I am behind just in case it might be of help to you. I used to try and catch up all in one week but then after doing so much so quickly I would tend to fall behind again. So I now take and spread out what I am behind on over the next few weeks. For instance, I would just do four lessons a week in FLL for the next three weeks and then I would be back on track for three lessons a week again.


my5wolfcubs said...

I did the same thing as Dixie for finishing FLL, if we got off track. I just finished using it for the 3rd time and the last 10 or so lessons are l-o-n-g (w/ a short 1 or 2). Also, we found it easy to combine the picture narration w/ the lesson right before/after it.

This method apparently does not work w/ your blog though...I was still reading through 8/11's post (which was open from last night) and when I clicked on Homeschool Top Sites (so I didn't forget to vote!) and came back from the error page (maybe their site is down?) there was a post from today!!

OC Mom said...

You are so organized; I wish you could come live with me for a week! (when you graduate your kids, you definitely have a career ahead of you as a Homeschool Organization Consultant).

Trivium Academy said...

Blogging about this stuff helps me stay on track because we're putting it "out there"! Thank you for your comments, I may change the grammar lessons depending on how this week goes. Great idea Dixie and Lee!

This week I really want to focus on keeping the house up and doing our lessons. Let's see what happens...

Kenj said...

Hey Jessica-

Would you email me? I can't find your email link, but my eyes are getting old :)